Bill Hayton Keynote Speaker

  • Geopolitics Expert of Southeast Asia
  • Author and Journalist; BBC World News Broadcaster and Journalist
  • Associate Fellow with the Asia-Pacific Programme at Chatham House and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society

Bill Hayton's Biography

Bill Hayton is an expert on the geopolitics of Southeast Asia and author of three books on Asia: ’The Invention of China’ (Yale, 2020), ’The South China Sea: the struggle for power in Asia’ (Yale, 2014) and ‘Vietnam: rising dragon’ (Yale, 2010).

He is an Associate Fellow with the Asia-Pacific Programme at Chatham House and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He has worked in various roles for BBC News since 1998 including a year as the BBC’s Vietnam reporter in 2006-7 and another on secondment to the Myanmar state broadcaster, MRTV, in 2013-14.

He previously worked on European and Middle Eastern affairs, including a period working for al Jazeera (Arabic) television. He has given presentations for many government agencies, companies, think tanks and universities on the South China Sea disputes. He was awarded his PhD by the University of Cambridge in 2019 for his research on the history and development of the South China Sea disputes. He currently focuses on the politics of the ASEAN region and relations between South East Asia and China, the United States and other powers.

Read More

Videos of Bill Hayton

Bill Hayton “Maps, Myths And The Making Of China’s Maritime Geobody”
Bill Hayton “Maps, Myths And The Making Of China’s Maritime Geobody”
“Maps, Myths And The Making Of China’s Maritime Geobody”
“Maps, Myths And The Making Of China’s Maritime Geobody”
Who Owns the South China Sea?
Who Owns the South China Sea?
The Modern Origins of China's South China Sea Claim
The Modern Origins of China's South China Sea Claim

Books by Bill Hayton

Vietnam: Rising Dragon
The South China Sea: The Struggle for Power in Asia

Check Bill Hayton's speaking availability and fees

Interested in booking Bill Hayton to speak at an event? Please provide your details and we’ll get in touch within 24 hours.

    View our related Speakers

    Toomas Ilves Speaker
    Exclusive
    Toomas Ilves
    Former President of Estonia
    Maha Aziz Speaker
    Maha Aziz Speaker
    Exclusive
    Maha Aziz
    Author, cartoonist and professor at New York University's Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
    Matthew Goodwin Speaker
    Exclusive
    Matthew Goodwin
    Leading authority on UK and European politics
    Tina Fordham Speaker
    Tina Fordham Speaker
    Exclusive
    Tina Fordham
    Top Global Political Strategist
    Kurt Volker Speaker
    Exclusive
    Kurt Volker
    U.S Ambassador to NATO (2008-2009)
    Adrian Wooldridge Speaker
    Exclusive
    Adrian Wooldridge
    Political Editor and Author of the Bagehot Column for The Economist
    Bonnie Glaser Speaker
    Exclusive
    Bonnie Glaser
    Director of the China Power Project at CSIS
    Janan Ganesh Speaker
    Exclusive
    Janan Ganesh
    Leading Commentator on Politics in the US and the UK
    Jeremy Warner Speaker
    Exclusive
    Jeremy Warner
    One of Britain's foremost financial, economic and business journalists
    Johnny Mercer Speaker
    Johnny Mercer Speaker
    Exclusive
    Johnny Mercer
    Member of Parliament, Veterans’ Minister, Afghanistan Veteran and best-selling author